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Old 11-07-2019, 08:46 PM   #1
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Ever seen walls like this? It's a tiny bathroom. I don't know if it's salvageable or needs all new drywall hung lol. I guess it could be lightly sanded then primed then skim coat and primed and repeat.
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It looks like somebody watched Wall Street way too many times and decided to mimic Charlie Sheen's 1980's trendy loft decour. lol!
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Looks like wallpaper. Expanded vinyl. Strip it.
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It looks like an integral multi-colored pitted /partially closed plaster or acrylic vp plaster effect over a terra-cotta base. Might have even been colored with glazes. Try cleaning it up really well with mineral spirits or ammonia if in the event there’s wax on it, scuff it up good, then prime it with an acrylic before skimming.

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Looks like someoneís botched attempt at covering up a horrible wallpaper removal. Thinking to hard on that. Just wash it down as mentioned and skim coat. Thatís much easier than new drywall.


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Yikes Mineral spirits and skim it! - Thanks
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I do remember wallpaper that looked exactly like that. And as I recall it did show up right about the time Wall Street was released! I'm assuming the OP has ruled out the possibility of it being paper. Most people off the street could figure that one out.

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Fauxlynn could make major bank doing a room like that!
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Tiny bathroom= Big bucks


We did a finish like that once back in the late ‘90’s. We nicknamed it ‘elephant skin’.

Edit- it was actually more than once.
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I'd call it distressed leather with acid wash copper patina. A logical combination....in the warped mind of a designer!
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Coat of Gardz, then skim.
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I'd call it distressed leather with acid wash copper patina. A logical combination....in the warped mind of a designer!
In the warped mind of an Alchemist, or as Fauxlynn would refer to as Wilson, I used to add copper powder to hard plasters with integral color, oxidizing the copper by misting the finished surface with a spray bottle containing ammonium chloride and copper sulfate, the finish developing a nice patina. I nicknamed it “ossido di rame” which is Italian for copper oxide. It was a big seller back when I owned a plastering business.

The texture in the OP photos bears a similar resemblance to perlite gypsum plaster knocked down with a rigid float. The stuff sometimes has a tendency to craze/alligator as seen in the 1st photo upper right side.
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I confess, Never saw anything like it until now.
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Is that what is called "interior chicken house" on those fancy sample boards?
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Is that what is called "interior chicken house" on those fancy sample boards?
Honest to god, I have applied a finish to a chicken coop. I first had to scrub off years of chicken crap off the walls. It didn’t look like that.

The owner had been a steady client over the years.
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I hate the oak piece in the middle of that psorias of a finish. The owner must have been drunk when they decided that effect would impress their friends and neighbors.
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Aha! Look at the first picture alongside the wooden edge. Clearly it is a cut edge of wallpaper.
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Aha! Look at the first picture alongside the wooden edge. Clearly it is a cut edge of wallpaper.
Or a line left behind when the masking tape on the cabinets was pulled. Kind of hard to tell. I'll give the OP the benefit of the doubt and say it's not paper. I find it hard to believe someone in the painting trade couldn't differentiate between a covering and a coating when viewing it on site.

Note on the last pic , on the bottom left corner of the cabinet...looks like there may have been a tag end of tape that prevented a small area of the wall from being coated.

My money is on a poor tape job.
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Aha! Look at the first picture alongside the wooden edge. Clearly it is a cut edge of wallpaper.
Although I applaud Fauxlynn for her thorough forensics, IMO, thatís no wall covering. Thereís no evidence of any repeat and the effect seamlessly extends up onto what appears to be a soffit and onto the adjoining wall at the inside corner, and a match that good at a 3 plane intersection couldnít be achieved with a complex pattern such as that if it were a wall covering.

I still hold firm on the suggestion that itís a knockdown finish with or without an aggregate that was painted and then sponged or rag finished with either paints or heavily pigmented glazes, probably not being waxed as I initially suggested. The scattered white color initially led me to believe that it was waxed, wax typically turning white, but now that I got a better look on my pc, Iíd retract the suggestion that it was waxed skipping the washing with mineral spirits unless I was on site and 100% certain there wasnít any wax on it.

Thinking I might request the site administrator to change my username to Wilson..
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